Question: “I’m 21 weeks pregnant, and I feel like I’m starting to look huge! Am I gaining too much weight!? How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?”
Answer: You’re not alone if you’re freaking out about your pregnancy weight gain! Many women have mixed feelings about their changing body when they’re pregnant. Getting on the scale and seeing the number rise might be very hard for you. But, the truth is, you must be ready for some weight gain during pregnancy. It’s necessary for your health and the health of your baby.
If were at a healthy weight pre-pregnancy, you can expect to gain about 1 to 5 pounds in the first trimester. Then, the recommended healthy weight gain for the remainder of your pregnancy is about 1 pound per week.
Even though you’re eating for two, it doesn’t mean you should be eating twice as much as usual. Experts recommend that you take in about 340 extra calories per day in your second trimester. Then, in your final trimester, 450 extra calories daily is advised.
If you feel like you need help managing your weight gain, talk to your doctor. They can recommend a healthy diet and exercise program that’s right for you!